showy harp concertos

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    Lydia Michel on #165960

    Hi everyone,

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #165961

    Good question! The Introduction et Allegro of Ravel can be used as a concerto. Widor’s Chorale et Variations might be an option, Reinecke maybe, Pierne if you want something harpy, Busser wrote a concerto I know nothing about. Rodrigo’s Concierto Serenata is a big piece, but solid and classically showy, and he’s a big name, for an easier showy piece there is his Concierto de Aranjuez. The Rota Concerto is strong, and I know there are others. Dig, dig, dig, buy, buy, buy scores.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #165962

    The Harry Somers is modern and somewhat showy, not too difficult. The Saint-Saens might stand up well to other instruments.

    Lydia Michel on #165963

    Thanks for the input. I’ve was considering the Ravel, and had heard both the Rodrigo concertos before. I’ll look into the Rota, Widor, and Pierne– I haven’t heard these. I’ll probably stay away from the Rodrigo Aranjuez at this point because there are a couple classical guitatists in my family who are a little overtly crazy about that piece. I guess the guitar version of it is the top played guitar concerto as of

    catherine-rogers on #165964

    You may wish to consider William Alwyn’s harp concerto, “Lyra Angelica.”

    carl-swanson on #165965

    If you’ve got the chops for it, the Gliere is a great and very flashy concerto.

    tony-morosco on #165966

    My pick would be Boieldieu’s concerto for harp and orchestra in C.

    It is very accessible for listeners, even those not familiar with harp and harp repitior. It has moments of grandiousity that I think many harp concertos lack, yet when you listen you know this was written for harp and not a transcription of a keyboard piece.

    It can go from being very pretty to being a bit bombastic, so it has a great dynamic range that I think pulls people in. And at times it seems to me it sounds just a hint like something Mozart might have written.

    Anyway, I listen to this one all the time. Nicanor Zabaleta’s recording with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Top notch interpretation.

    Lydia Michel on #165967

    Thank you, every one, for the suggestions. They were all very helpful. And I was able to find out about some great harp music I didn’t even know existed. It’s been fun to pick out my new concerto, and I’ve settled on the Ravel Intro and Allegro. That piece is beyond description beautiful, and I’m forward to learning it this year. Thanks again for the help!


    Participant on #165968

    Well the Gliere is about as flashy/showy beautiful as you get, in particular the third movement.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #165969

    Many people find the Gliere to be of inferior musical quality, especially Russian musicians. I would sooner one did the Reinecke or Widor. The only truly fine performance of the Gliere I’ve heard was that of Gretchen Van Hoesen.

    Lydia Michel on #165970

    I’ve heard the recording of the Gretchen Van Hoesen with the Gliere, and at first was very impressed. The way she pulls it off is absolutely stunning. However, I would agree with you about the overall quality of the piece itself.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #165971

    I’ve always thought, if only it had been by Glazunov, but alas…

    jordan-thomas on #165972

    OK the Gliere is a great one, but it goes on and on and on and one. You need alot of energy for that concerto. Not talking from experience, but i have heard many stories. But at the end, it’s a very wonderful flashy concerto! The Saint Saen concerto is a good one I think.

    william-nichols on #165973

    Im thirteen and someone gave me that piece by ravel. Its so hard!

    william-nichols on #165974

    There is a harp concerto by Parish Alvars in E flat major. It is extremely hard but its amazing, it is the living being of perfection. I have absolutely no idea were you get the music from though.

    Good Luck.

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